Google is preparing a complete overhaul of the interface

Android 12 inaugurates the arrival of a brand new user interface called Material NEXT. With this twelfth major update, Google will introduce many visual changes to its operating system. By For example, the Mountain View firm would have revised the layout of the always-on and lock screen, developed new customization options as well as a feature called “mailbox”. We take stock of this new information.

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A few days ago, an internal Google document unveiled the Android 12 interface ahead of time. We discovered in particular a new interface for the notifications panel, simplified quick settings, privacy options inspired by iOS 14 and a new widget for “Conversations”.

By digging through this document reserved for Google partners, our colleagues from XDA Developers unearthed the mention ofa brand new interface called Material NEXT. It’s a bunch of new aesthetic guidelines aimed at shaking up Android’s user interface and moving away from Material Design. Unfortunately, the media did not get screenshots of these new features.

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Here are all the visual changes of Android 12

The document nonetheless describes a host of visual changes, XDA claims. First of all, Google would have decided to review the layout of the always-on screen. Android 12 will no longer wisely align all the elements (clock, battery, etc.) in the center of the screen. Now some elements will be moved to the top of the screen or to the bottom. Same story on the lock screen side. Google would notably “Changed the user interface of the lock icon” which warns the user that the smartphone is locked. For XDA, Google took the opportunity to develop new animations for the always-on and lock screen.

In addition, Android 12 would signal the arrival of new options for customizing the clock for the lock screen. This option, in development since Android 10, will allow the user to change the way the time is displayed. Google leaves the choice between a classic needle dial, an abstract dial or a text display. Finally, the option would let the user add a gradient color on some dials. In the same vein, Google would work on a system for customizing the colors of applications on Android 12. The user could choose a main color and a secondary color which would apply to the entire mobile OS.

Android 12 still goes simplify the display of quick settings. Google would have chosen to move the elements (WiFi, Bluetooth, flashlight, etc.) to the side of the screen rather than on the top. The number of icons displayed on the screen has been reduced in order to purify the interface.

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The Monet theme system. Credit: XDA

According to XDA, Google would have developed a theme called “Silk” (“Silk” in English) for Android 12. This is the theme we saw in the leaked screenshots a few days ago (see above). More generally, Google would have developed a brand new theme system that takes inspiration from the wallpaper chosen by the user. This system is called “Monet”, in reference to the painter of the same name, internally. This theme system will apply the main wallpaper colors to several elements of the Android interface, including the quick settings panel or the status bar. This option is still under development. It is not impossible that Google ultimately chooses to ignore this novelty.

Finally, Google is also currently experimenting a so-called “letterbox” feature. This option is to drag an application in use into a box / window with rounded corners. We imagine that this mysterious option could allow you to keep an application in view while consulting another application, like a new multitasking mode.

Obviously, these novelties will mainly be put forward on smartphones have a pure version of Android, including Google Pixels. Depending on the Android overlay of the manufacturers, some elements should diverge. According to XDA, it is likely that all of these new features will not be visible in the first beta for developers, expected in the coming weeks. Google should distill all of these aesthetic changes in beta versions until next summer. For the record, the final version of Android 12 is expected in September 2021. We tell you more as soon as possible.

Source: XDA Developers

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